In today’s climate of turmoil and uncertainty, threatening and incapacitating feelings run rampant. Yet the God who created your emotions has also given you everything you need to navigate them. The Bible paints relatable and resonant portraits of women and men struggling with grief, anger, guilt, and despair—and provides divine wisdom for transforming your emotional trials into spiritual triumphs.
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Scriptures: 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Lamentations 2:3, Exodus 3:12, Matthew 28:19, 21:11, Acts 26:9-14
The Bible teaches us that God is wrathful against sin, and that His anger is great toward those who disobey Him--a sobering thought. Thankfully, in Christ, the Bible also tells us of a great attribute of God that give us hope for today and for eternity. Our God is merciful. In this message, Dr. Merritt walks through Paul's New Testament teaching on mercy. Paul's transformation from resentful sinner to faithful saint gave him great insight into the mercy of God and tremendous gratitude when he considered what the Lord had done for him. The result is a study in God's character and our response.
"I get amused at these people who say, 'I don't go to church because you've got hypocrites down at the church.' Well, quite frankly, I hope there are hypocrites in the church because that's exactly where hypocrites belong. The church is not a showcase for saints, it is a hospital for sinners. Hypocrites, drug addicts, alcoholics, homosexuals, convicts, belong in the house of God" --Dr. Merritt
Keywords: mercy, justice, wrath, character, God, message, immutable, invisible, immortal, incomparable, imperishable, Napoleon, Apostle Paul, servanthood, service, Moses, Pharaoh, Joshua, William J. Murray, Madalyn Murray O'Hair, hypocrites, Pilate, Jesus
Pastors Edge provides Bible preachers and teachers with ready-to-use resources and materials based on the preaching of Dr. James Merritt, Senior Pastor at Cross Pointe Church in Duluth, GA and host of the international broadcast ministry Touching Lives.